A unique cross between Dylan and American Pie’s McLean, Jules Shear is the unheralded mortar that exemplifies the heart of the music industry

Chances are you remember Cyndi Lauper’s hit “All Through the Night” which reached number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1984, or the Bangles’ somewhat wistful 1986 rendition of  “If She Knew What She Wants.” Now you might ask what does Cyndi Lauper and The Bangles have in common besides becoming female icons of … Continue reading

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The Egyptian Crisis: Obama Administration Asleep at the Wheel?

Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak attends a Middle East peace talks event in the East Room at the White House

Egypt faces daunting challenges in the period immediately ahead. After several years of relative stability, both economic and political trends have turned ominous, as this largest and most important of Arab states presses against the outer limits of its resources. Negative developments in recent months affecting tourism, oil revenues and remittances from millions of expatriate … Continue reading

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When did LinkedIn become a job search site dressed up as a social network?

As LinkedIn moves closer and closer to launching their long-awaited IPO I cannot help but recall a line from the 1976 movie All The President’s Men, when Deep Throat admonished Bob Woodward (played by Hal Holbrook and Robert Redford respectively) to “follow the money.” To what am I referring and, what does Watergate have to … Continue reading

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Would you pay for content? The New York Times thinks that you will!

Article Update: When I wrote this post regarding the death of print newspapers the Wall Street Journal scandal obviously was not widely known at the time. So here is the question, is the WSJ fiasco of buying their own papers through third-party companies the final nail in the newsprint industry’s coffin? The New York Times is … Continue reading

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A Plea for Justice in the Melchert-Dinkel Case?

“[t]he process whereby the ACCUSED and the PROSECUTOR in a criminal case work out a mutually satisfactory DISPOSITION of the case subject to court approval. It usually involves the defendant’s pleading guilty to a lesser offense or to only one or some of the counts of a multi-count INDICTMENT in return for a lighter sentence than … Continue reading

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Is Survivor and Big Brother Ruining The American Workforce?

Do reality TV Shows like Survivor and Big Brother foster this duality of personality and scheming by openly awarding those who are best at playing the game?  To be more precise are Survivor and Big Brother undermining present day work environments? Question that will be posed to Marlene Chism, author of the book Stop Workplace … Continue reading

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25 Social Media Facts Every CEO “Must” Know Article is Interesting . . .


I recently read Pam Moore’s article “25 Facts Every CEO Must Know About Social Media in 2011,” and have a great deal of respect regarding her efforts to quantify that which for many in business, is still relatively speaking uncharted waters.  In short, this ain’t the media world of our parents (or for me grandparents … Continue reading

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Will the real Daffy Duck(s) please stand up!

daffy duck adrift

“Let me explain it to you this way Jon,” offered one of my lecturers in a course I was taking . . . “it’s like you are a passenger on the Titanic and after striking the iceberg you run to the Captain’s deck to let him know what happened and discover that the Captain is … Continue reading

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Unfriendly Skies: How Safe Is Air Travel? or “Who’s Flying You!”

I get no kick in a plane, Flying too high, with some gal in the sky is my idea of nothing to do . . . The above lyrics speak volumes as to how the majority of people view air travel today . . . basically a necessary part of increasingly globalized careers in which … Continue reading

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Privatizing Social Networks . . . The End of LinkedIn and Facebook as We Know Them?


We took the best from social network sites such as Facebook and LinkedIn and incorporated these features into the new socially interactive IACCM website . . . So commented Bob Emery, the General Manager, Marketing and Development for the International Association for Contract and Commercial Management “IACCM” during his Webinar tour of the exciting new … Continue reading

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